When we are measuring the impact chiropractors have by their presence in the health care system, and not just in spine care, but our presence overall, there may be something missing. Many chiropractors have had a dramatic effect on the public's health by being properly trained in diagnosis and emergency procedures. By being a portal of contact for a patient who is discovered to have a life threatening condition, the chiropractor may be integral in starting the chain of survival much sooner than the natural history. Or, the chiropractor may actually perform an emergency procedure that leads to an immediate change in a patient's ability to survive.
When the lawmakers and stakeholders sit down to carve up the medical allocation pie, there are some large pieces that get allocated to hospitals and emergency care, some large pieces that go to prescription drugs, some smaller pieces that go to specialties like obstetrics. By the time they get around to even thinking about chiropractic care, the pie is pretty well carved up. The justification for this frequently is, well, chiropractic is a nice thing to have. But it's like massage - not a necessity -- more of a nicety.
This episode's stories illustrate that lives have depended on a chiropractor's quick actions. Some of the doctors who told their stories are listed below:
- Mike Simone, DC Simone Physical Medicine, Dacono, CO
- Cynthia Vaughn, DC Austin Chiropractic Center, Austin, TX
- John Ventura, DC Rochester Chiropractic Group, Rochester, NY
- Keren Day, DC New York, New York
- Brett Kinsler, DC Natural Health Chiropractic, Rochester, NY
- William Grosso, DC Rockland Health Chiropractic Assoc. New City, NY